Florida Bar Admissions. It's All I Do.


You’re at the intersection of now and your future.

You’ve invested thousands of dollars and made countless sacrifices.

Would you jeopardize your Bar admission by leaving it in the hands of inexperienced counsel motivated by their own needs? Or would you prefer to work with a seasoned professional who only handles Florida Bar admissions and makes your best interests the priority?

I held a staff attorney position with The Florida Bar from 1999 to 2006. I’ve handled Florida Bar admissions for more than a decade. I let my five-star reviews speak for themselves.

We have the same goal - your admission to The Florida Bar.

Consulting and counseling applicants, law students, law school graduates and out-of-state attorneys on Board matters/inquiries regarding:

  • Ability to Comply with Deadlines, Communicate Candidly and Civilly, and Conduct Financial Dealings Responsibly and Honestly
  • Affirmative Defenses and Rehabilitation
  • Admissions in Other Jurisdictions
  • Amendments to Bar and Law School Applications
  • Answering Board Inquiries
  • Attention to Detail
  • Avoiding Acts that Exhibit Disregard for the Rights, Safety or Welfare of Others
  • Bar Application Assistance
  • Bar Amendment Review
  • Candor’s Impact on Admission and Law Practice
  • Character and Fitness Issues
  • Civility in Florida Bar Admission
  • Credibility in Florida Bar Admission
  • Community/Civic Service Obligations
  • Conditional/Probationary Admission Evaluation
  • Consent Judgment After Filing of Board Specifications
  • Credit Report Review
  • Disabilities, special accommodations, ADA-related matters
  • Disclosure of Sensitive Matters
  • Dishonesty - An Intolerable Flaw in Florida Bar Admissions
  • Disqualifying Conduct Precluding Admission Pursuant to Rule 3-11
  • DMV Records Review
  • Early Application to The Bar
  • Education - including study abroad, summer programs, online programs, dual enrollment, and all post-secondary institutions attended, with or without an earned degree/graduation
  • Educational Institution Discipline - including facts and circumstances of any plagiarism, cheating, academic dishonesty, honor code/student conduct code violations, academic probation, academic suspension, reinstatement to good standing, request to leave or expulsion from any school, disclosure regardless of expungement from academic record, and obtaining student file
  • Employment - including internships, externships, clerkships, work-study, self-employment (with or without income), contract work, temporary/part-time work, employment by family, non-paid/volunteer work, employment for academic credit and obtaining Social Security employment history records
  • Employment Issues – including facts and circumstances of any termination, discharge, suspension, probation, unpaid leave, write-ups, lapses in employment, employment denial, and any charges/complaints at work, and obtaining employment file
  • Essential Eligibility Requirements Pursuant to Rule 3-10.1
  • Establishing Florida Bar Character and Fitness Qualifications
  • Evasiveness: Its Appearance and How to Avoid It
  • Exemplary Future Conduct Assurances
  • Factors Disqualifying to Bar Admission
  • False Statements and How to Handle Them
  • Felonies – including facts and circumstances of any arrests/detentions, custody by law enforcement, formal OR informal accusations of a law/ordinance violation/delinquent act regardless of whether accusation was later charged/reduced, evidence, law enforcement investigation, no information/nolle prosse, pleas, withholds of adjudication vs. adjudication, details of conviction/sentencing, final dispositions, incarcerations, probation, fines and their timely payment, civil rights restoration, expungement/unsealing of records, respect for authority/state laws as well as safety of others, the time frame of the charges and obtaining criminal records
  • Finances – including facts and circumstances of any credit card delinquencies, business/local/city/state/federal tax delinquencies, student loan delinquencies, collections, worthless checks/NSFs, repossessions, unsatisfied judgments, foreclosures, liens and bankruptcy, obtaining financial records, current financial health, incurring reasonable and necessary living expenses, consulting with financial professionals, budgeting, and status of current outstanding debt
  • Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law
  • Florida Board of Bar Examiner Rules Regarding Admissions
  • Formal Hearings – including procedures, alternate resolutions to hearing such as a conditional admission or consent judgment, post-hearing admission, withdrawal to continue establishing rehabilitation, or disqualification
  • Goal of Admission to The Florida Bar
  • Grand Jury Investigations and Immunity
  • Help With Bar Exam Application
  • Honesty in Florida Bar Admission
  • Integrity’s Importance in Character and Fitness Proceedings
  • Investigative Hearings – including analysis/improvement of applications, amendments, and responses to Board inquiries, skilled hearing preparation, detailed post-hearing debriefing, review of hearing results, character & fitness clearance, transmission of oath paperwork, conference regarding post-hearing options
  • Investigative Hearing and Formal Hearing Panel Perspectives
  • Investigative Hearing Postponement Analysis
  • Juvenile Record
  • Lack of Malice or Ill Will Toward the Florida Board of Bar Examiners
  • Law School Application Review
  • Litigation – including facts and circumstances of all cases where applicant was listed as a plaintiff or defendant, divorces, injunctions for protective order, landlord-tenant disputes, court sanctions, contempt of court, incompetence and/or guardianship cases
  • Mental Health Issues – including disorders that could impair the practice of law, diagnosis, prognosis, relapses, hospitalizations, past and current treatment/medications, and likelihood of applicant practicing with reasonable safety to the public
  • Military Service – including submitting DD Form 214, facts and circumstances of any dishonorable discharge/release, court-martials, non-judicial/Article 15 proceedings, administrative proceedings/separations, judicial proceedings, warnings, complaints, publicity, and the time frame in which issues occurred
  • Misdemeanors - including facts and circumstances of any arrests/detentions, custody by law enforcement, notices/citations to appear, formal OR informal accusations of a law/ordinance violation/delinquent act regardless of whether the accusation was later charged and/or later reduced, evidence, law enforcement investigation, no information/nolle prosse, pleas, withholds of adjudication, details of conviction/sentencing, final dispositions, jail, probation, fines and their timely payment, expungement/unsealing of records, respect for state/city laws and/or ordinances as well as safety of others, and the time frame of the charges
  • Misrepresentations and Misleading Explanations
  • Mitigating Prior MisconductMitigating Prior Misconduct
  • Negotiated Consent Judgments
  • Notice to Appear for Investigative Hearing
  • Past Bad Advice Involving Non-Disclosure to the Board
  • Personal Attention to Your Matter
  • Positive Social Contributions
  • Omissions – Intentional, Unintentional and How to Handle Them
  • Personal and Professional References
  • Post-Investigative Hearing Results
  • Professional Grievances/Discipline/Disbarment as an Attorney in Other Jurisdictions
  • Professional/Occupational/Business Licenses or Certifications – including facts and circumstances leading to any complaints, grievances, charges, discipline, revocations, denials, withdrawal of application, fines, current standing, and reinstatement if applicable
  • Professionalism in Florida Bar Admission
  • Questions Applicants May Expect at Investigative Hearing
  • Re-Application for Admission Pursuant to Rule 2-14
  • Reasons for Resigning from a Job or Leaving School
  • Recency of Misconduct and Age at Time of Misconduct
  • Rehabilitative Evidence
  • Residences – including temporary housing, half-way houses, in-house treatment facilities, and dates/cities/states of residency since 16th birthday
  • Social Media – Handling Social Media Issues
  • Selection of Investigative Hearing Date
  • Self-Regulation, Candor and The Florida Bar
  • Specifications After an Investigative Hearing
  • Strategies in Answering Specifications – including whether to dispute the Board’s allegations, establishing and proving rehabilitation, and/or establishing and proving that conduct at issue is not disqualifying
  • Substance Abuse/Dependency Issues – including charges or convictions related to substance issues like DUI and BUI, addiction to prescription narcotics, disorderly conduct/intoxication, resisting arrest, field sobriety testing, law enforcement investigation, past and current use of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine or prescription medications, any treatment, and likelihood of practicing with reasonable safety to the public
  • Support Obligations and their Current Status
  • Taxes – including unfiled returns and liens
  • Testimony at Hearings before the Board
  • Theft as a Factor Disqualifying to Admission
  • Third Party Documents in Character and Fitness Investigations
  • Traffic Violations – including facts and circumstances of any DUIs/BUIs, accidents, injuries, property damage, arrests, habitual traffic offenders (HTOs), drivers’ license revocations/suspensions, administrative drivers’ license suspensions/D-6s, expired tags, speeding, driving on suspended license, careless driving, time frame of the charges, nolle prosse, pleas, fines and their timely payment, timely traffic school completion, withholds of adjudication vs. adjudications, details of conviction/sentencing, final dispositions, jail, probation, license reinstatements, respect for state/city laws and/or ordinances as well as safety of others, and validity of current drivers’ license
  • Transcripts from Schools – including review to help ensure accuracy of GPAs and any reportable academic issues
  • Understanding The Florida Bar’s Self-Regulation
  • Unimpeachable Character and Moral Standing in the Community
  • Unlicensed Practice of Law/Falsely Presenting As An Attorney – Intentionally and Unintentionally
  • Use of Other Names/Aliases
  • Witness and Exhibit Lists in Formal Hearings
  • Your Best Interests in The Florida Bar Admission Process

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